secrets don't transpire. I could give you names of this cardinal and that, that are talked of, but each is contradicted the next hour. I was there t'other day to visit one of them, and one of the most agreeable, Alexander Albani3. I had the opportunity of two cardinals making their entry: upon that occasion the gate is unlocked, and their eminences come to talk to their acquaintance over the threshold. I have received great civilities from him I named to you, and I wish he were out, that I might receive greater: a friend of his does the honours of Eome for him ; but you know that it is unpleasant to visit by proxy. Cardinal Delci, the object of the Corsini faction, is dying; the hot weather will probably dispatch half a dozen more. Not that it is hot yet; I am now writing to you by my fireside. Harry, you saw Lord Deskfoord4 at Geneva; don't you like him ? He is a mighty sensible man. There are few young people have so good understandings. He is mighty grave, and so are you ; but you can both be pleasant when you have a mind. Indeed, one can make you pleasant, but his solemn Scotdhery is a little formidable: before you I can play the fool from morning to night, courageously. Good night. I have other letters to write, and must finish this.
29. To RICHABD WEST.
DEAR WEST, Rome, May 7, 1740. N.S.
'Twould be quite rude and unpardonable in one not to wish you joy upon the great conquests that you are all com-
8 ' Oelui-oi eat chef dea Piemontois, homme d'esprit, galant et le plus re'pandu de tons dans les socie'tes de la ville. n aime le jeu, les femmes, lea spectacles, la literature et les beaux-arts, dans lesquels il est grand
connoisseur.' (De Brosses.)
* James Ogilvy (oirc. 1714-1770), Lord Deskfoord, only son of fifth Earl of Findlater and Seafield, whom he succeeded in 1764.